After years of fundraising, ground is finally broken for Skywalk Memorial

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Friday marks the 34th anniversary of the deadly Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse.  It killed more than 114 people and injured 200 more when the skywalks collapsed during a tea dance.

Leaders with the Skywalk Memorial Foundation broke ground to create a memorial dedicated to those we lost, all those injured and the workers who helped during the tragic disaster.  Leaders say it took ten years to raise the nearly half-a-million dollars needed for the project. Today leaders, victims and their families gathered on the Children's Mercy Hospital grounds at 22nd and Gillham to remember the victims. Leaders with the Memorial Foundation say they've struggled to raise the money through donations.  The memorial still needs $25,000.   If you want to donate, click here.

“One of those days that is forever burned in your mind, one of my worst days in my entire life, but today we hope to put a different perspective on things,” said Brent Wright, Skywalk Memorial Foundation President, who lost both his parents in the collapse.